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Cam’ron Beats Jim Jones’ First Week Numbers By 100 Copies

Crime Pays, Killa Cam’s first release in three years, debuted on the charts this week at the no. 3 slot, selling less than his label Asylum expected.

Last week HitsDailyDouble projected the disc would sell between 40-45K but label reps told that the Dipset Don was on track to push way more units. Well according to the Nielsen SoundScan report released today, Cam managed to beat frenemy Jim Jones by only 100 units, officially selling about 43,000 copies of his album.

Sitting pretty at the no. 9 position is Rick Ross. The Miami Boss’ third CD, Deeper Than Rap continues to keep fans in the stores as he sold an additional 26, 500 units this week. After a month on the racks, Ross has cleared 270,500 copies from the shelves.

Cam’s Asylum labelmate Paul Wall also debuted on the Billboard 200 this week. The Houston rapper’s new album Fast Life sold 21,600 units in its first week. Also entering the charts this week is Atlanta favorite Gucci Mane. The latest XXL coverboy rang up 14,700 copies of his independent release Murder Was The Case on former label Big Cat Records.

Rounding out the top 40 is Yonkers rep Jadakiss. The Def Jam MC landed at the no. 34 spot this week- selling 12, 500 of his third solo album The Last Kiss. After six weeks Jada has moved a total of 258, 700 discs. Right below Kiss is Carol City rapper Flo Rida. The iTunes best seller moved up 10 spots this week to no. 36. In his 7th week Rida sold 11, 700 copies of his sophomore LP R.O.O.T.S., making his overall tally 161,100.

With this week being the biggest Super Tuesday of ’09 for hip-hop, expect to see new releases by Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Redman and Method Man and DJ Drama to debut high on the charts next Wednesday (May 27) – Elan Mancini

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